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365 Toddler Activities That Inspire Creativity
Author: Joni Levine
Publisher: Advantage Quest Publications, 271 pages, non-fiction
THE book’s intro states that the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that parents limit children under two from watching television or using the computer, and an IBM poll of CEOs worldwide identified creativity as the single most important leadership trait for success.
So if you are a parent or a caretaker of young children, this book is filled with ideas to help with a child’s development. Written by an experienced child-care expert, it offers 365 activities that inspire creativity for toddlers between 12 and 40 months.
It includes songs, games, activities and art projects that encourage inventiveness and cognitive development. These ideas will help you plan activities, whether for rainy-day fun or outdoors. Each activity has a suggested age group, a time estimate, list of materials needed and step-by-step instructions. If you are choosing an activity to promote a specific skill in your child, just refer to the appendix as a guide.
The Eye Of God
Author: James Rollins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 401 pages, fiction
At the same time, the Vatican receives a parcel of two bizarre artifacts: a skull with ancient Aramaic words, and a book bound in human skin. A DNA test reveals that both items were derived from the same source, the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.
The elite Sigma Force and its charismatic leader, Commander Gray Pierce, set out to uncover the truth about the fall of the Roman Empire, the birth of Christianity, and a secret hidden for centuries that traces the destiny of humanity.
Author: James Patterson and Howard Roughan
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 403 pages, fiction
Young newlyweds Charlie and Melissa Cosmer are part of a tour group of honeymooners to Maui’s Haleakala National Park. As they take a detour and move away from the other honeymooners, they fail to notice someone nearby. Will they suffer the same fate as the Breslows?
FBI Agent John O’Hara flies to the Carribean to investigate while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker hunts another serial killer. They find that they have one disturbing thing in common in both their cases.
Forge Of Darkness
Author: Steven Erikson
Publisher: Transworld Publishers, 922 pages, fiction
Forge of Darkness introduces Kuruld Galain, an ancient land and home to the Tiste Andii. Ruled by Mother Dark, Kuruld Galain is in a time of great peril. Vatha Urusander – a great warrior hero to the commoners – is being supported by his followers, to marry Mother Dark.
Lord Draconus – Mother Dark’s consort – is vehemently against this union, and the inevitable conflict divides inhabitants throughout the realm. As rumours of a civil war spread across the land, a primeval power thought to be long dead appears from the deep seas.
In the middle of this battle, Anomander, Andarist and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold – known as the First Sons of Darkness – play various roles that affect the history of Kuruld Galain. These epic events ultimately shape the world of the Malazan kingdom.
My Horizontal Life
Author: Chelsea Handler
Publisher: A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing Publishing, 221 pages, non-fiction
According to Chelsea Handler, you’ve either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand. She likens the often embarrassing and uncomfortable one-night stand as a social rite as old as sex itself, and as common as a bar stool.
Star of E! hit series Chelsea Lately, its spinoff comedy series Chelsea Lately and author of several books, Handler gives a series of amusing accounts of her one-night stand experiences. Starting with how she was introduced to sex, even without understanding it, by photographing her parents in the act – done as a dare by her siblings - when she was way too young.
From sleeping with “the finest body our ecosystem has ever created”, a Vegas stripper and a man who enjoys playing leather dress-up, Handler wittily recollects the highs and lows of her sexual escapades.
Tiger Babies Strike Back
Author: Kim Wong Keltner
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 254 pages, non-fiction
Kim Wong Keltner is a second-generation Chinese American raised by a Tiger Mother. She tells in honest and humourous fashion what it was like being brought up by a mother who was not only overwhelming, but lacked emotion towards her daughter.
Her real life experience as a Tiger Baby backs up the unforgiving reputation of a Tiger Mom, but Wong Keltner says “Not every Chinese parent rules the home with an iron fist of fury”, dispelling the myth that all Chinese women are Tiger Mothers. She further talks about the tough issues that women face, as daughters and mothers.
Through her own childhood, family history and cultural tradition, Wong Keltner reveals that children of Tiger Mothers have been made to feel inferior and suffocated with one goal in mind – to make the elders look good. From her own experience, Wong Keltner has learnt that she “could not be turned to the dark side”, choosing instead to be a more loving mother to her young daughter.
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